‘13th,’ ‘O.J.: Made in America’ and ‘Planet Earth II’ Win Creative Emmy Awards

It was a big night for ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ as well.

The first half of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles this weekend, kicking off the biggest awards season of the year for the TV industry. The primetime Emmys will be held next weekend, but we’re here to celebrate nonfiction, and it was a big night for reality-based programming.

Ava Duvernay went home happy as 13th took home several awards, including Outstanding Documentary/Nonfiction Special. Elsewhere, David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II also enjoyed success, as did O.J. Made In America, while RuPaul’s Drag Race took home a few honors for reality series categories.

You can find out all the winners below:

Outstanding Documentary/Nonfiction Series

Planet Earth II

Outstanding Documentary/Nonfiction Special


Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking

LA 92

Outstanding Informational Program or Series

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Shark Tank

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

United Shades of America

Outstanding Narrator

Meryl Streep, Five Came Back

Outstanding Reality Host

RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Music and Lyrics

Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins, 13th (“Letter to the Free”)

Outstanding Music Direction

Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America

Outstanding Nonfiction Writing

Ava DuVernay and Spencer Averick, 13th

Outstanding Nonfiction Directing

Ezra Edelman, O.J.: Made in America

Outstanding Reality Casting

Born This Way

Outstanding Choreography

Mandy Moore, So You Think You Can Dance

Outstanding Nonfiction Cinematography

Planet Earth II

Outstanding Reality Cinematography

Born This Way

Outstanding Variety/Nonfiction Costumes

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Nonfiction Picture Editing

O.J.: Made in America

Outstanding Reality Picture Editing (Structured/Competition)

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Reality Picture Editing (Unstructured)

Life Below Zero

Outstanding Nonfiction Sound Editing

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction/Reality Series

Viceland at the Women’s March

Outstanding Motion Design (Tied)

David Blaine: Beyond Magic


In addition to Nonfics, you can find Kieran over at Film School Rejects, Diabolique Magazine and Arrow Video. When he isn't watching movies or writing about them, he's hanging out with his dog.